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Dirty money

As I walked down the corridors of the Ralph Owen Brewster Hospice for Decaying Political Ideals, there were no indications of despair, pain, or misery.
In memory of Brewster
By AL DIAMON  |  August 05, 2011
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A rose for Charlie, in song

On July 7, 1984, three teenagers threw 23-year-old Charlie Howard off of the State Street Bridge in Bangor.
In Memoriam
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 08, 2011

KahBang's growth helps boost Queen City

Expanding its dosage of cultural shock therapy for central Maine, the KahBang festival, created as a single-day concert last year, is now a music, art, and film festival dominating the Bangor waterfront and downtown for nine days.
Bangor scene update
By KEGAN ZEMA  |  August 13, 2010

From away, here to stay: Out-of-towners settle down in Maine

I'm becoming a hick. Or so I'm being told more and more lately.
Diverse City
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  June 25, 2010

Secret desires

Everywhere I go, people keep asking me, “Who’s going to win the election?” Often, my answer depends on my mood (which ranges from bad to horrendous).
Who's going to win the election?
By AL DIAMON  |  June 04, 2010

Review: Good Kids Sprouting Horns at Slainte

Good Kids Sprouting Horns at Slainte on May 22
Music Seen
By KEGAN ZEMA  |  May 28, 2010


Your words are not your own

Plagiarism is a serious charge.
Less Otten. More Originality.
By AL DIAMON  |  May 14, 2010
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Photos: Vanna and Our Last Night in Bangor

Photos of the two bands performing during the Skate Against Drugs 2010 Tour
Vanna and Our Last Night, live at Bangor Skatepark, May 1, 2010
By ANDREW FOSTER  |  May 07, 2010
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The quest for the ultimate female orgasm

Let's talk about the female orgasm, and how for some women, it can be difficult to come by.
How far will women go for an orgasm?
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 19, 2010
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Message points

Instrumental music isn't very dependable at conveying specific non-musical subject matter.
Christian Scott's political science, Anita Coelho's connections
By JON GARELICK  |  March 12, 2010
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We are born this way

About 10 years ago, a young man was on his way to becoming a young woman.
Discovering what it means to be transgender
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 26, 2010


A fool for everyone

Time to dispose of a few inconsequential gubernatorial candidates.
Trimming the flab from the governor's race
By AL DIAMON  |  January 22, 2010
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Searching for Stephen King

In 1983, Doubleday published yet another book from the increasingly renowned Stephen King, whose Carrie and The Shining (to name just two) were already popular books and movies.
A new biography presents facts but not a full story
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 15, 2010
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Instead of cuts: guts

Let’s assume, reader, that you’re concerned about economic and social justice. For those in real need — people who are poor, sick, old, mentally ill, addicted, disabled — you want decent care. You’re concerned, too, about proper funding of schools, commu
Raise taxes on the rich? Only one candidate says ‘yes’?
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  January 08, 2010

Like Woe? Like, Whoa

The dirt on Brzowski, Moshe, Mezcalitos, and more
Sibilance
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  December 04, 2009
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Bay State update

Last we left the Bay State, they had turned out the excellent EP Let's Turn This City On , released just over a year ago. In the meantime, they've played the Warped Tour, picked up a booking agent, and worked hard on their live show. Their new three-s
A three-song EP for the holidays
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 27, 2009


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Tale of the tapes

Soon after music-minded UMass-Boston management professor Pacey Foster signed on to write a Boston chapter for the most comprehensive hip-hop tome ever compiled, his mission brought him to rural Maine, where it has long been speculated that the Hub rhy
Pacey Foster tells the story of Boston hip-hop
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 27, 2009

Road to riches

The Maine Turnpike Authority wants to pay between $34 million and $56 million to build a new toll plaza in York. Don't let that huge price tag fool you.
The Pike gouges
By AL DIAMON  |  November 20, 2009

Doom predictions

Plenty of seemingly unemployable people manage to make decent livings even though they're consistently wrong.
Gays into the crystal ball
By AL DIAMON  |  October 02, 2009
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10 years later, we told you so

Like many in the alternative press, we pride ourselves on being ahead of the game. Sometimes, of course, that means we're wrong about what might be coming down the pike — that's part of the risk of being "out front" and not just reacting to the news as
Ten years of being right (well, mostly)
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 18, 2009

Hey, hey, we're the Monkees

The law of averages says if you put 100 monkeys in a room with 100 computers, they'll eventually write a workable national health-care bill. Apparently, that rule doesn't apply to 100 US senators.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  September 04, 2009


Building on green energy

This month, my landlord will install new energy-efficient windows in my apartment. This is great news: Better insulation will reduce both my energy use and my heating bills. I'm happy to be experiencing first-hand what many agree is the single most-imp
Going green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 04, 2009

Fiction of her dreams

If you promise to read this column all the way to the end, I'll give you $50,000.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  August 28, 2009
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Second summer

Summer's over, the kids are getting back to school and I'm loath to turn the seasonal page. The music's been terrific. New discs by Spencer and the School Spirit Mafia, Grand Hotel, dilly dilly, Samuel James, and Gypsy Tailwind have highlighted the dep
Catching up with discs missed
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 28, 2009
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Branding Bangor

If a big-league indie pop festival falls in Bangor, will anyone hear it?
It's Maine's first large-scale indie music festival
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  August 14, 2009
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Just the beginning

More than a few people asked us why we are publishing this special section now — now that gay-marriage opponents have filed their People's Veto signatures, now that same-sex marriages will not be taking place at least until after Mainers vote on th
The battle for marriage equality really starts now
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 07, 2009


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Just the beginning

More than a few people asked us why we are publishing this special section now — now that gay-marriage opponents have filed their People's Veto signatures, now that same-sex marriages will not be taking place at least until after Mainers vote on th
The battle for marriage equality really starts now
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 07, 2009

Jodi Explodi, Meantone, Tony McNaboe and more

JODI EXPLODI 's Shipyard EP is out and available, after a few delays here and there. It's the first disc from the band since the four-song Demo-Arigato from 2006. It appears to have some kind of zombie theme to it, but we haven't caught a listen yet.
Sibilance
By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  July 10, 2009

Letters to the Portland Editor: July 10, 2009

A recent EqualityMaine campaign letter claimed that gay marriage is "the fight for our lives." I wonder whose lives they are talking about, when AIDS service organizations and community health/reproductive clinics across the state have been tightening
Dump gay marriage and regroup!
By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  July 10, 2009

Low expectations

There are some important qualities I'd like to see in the next governor of Maine. But they're all pretty boring. So let's get to what I wouldn't like to see.
Talking Politics
By AL DIAMON  |  July 03, 2009